Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Review of "The Behavior of Federal Judges: A Theoretical & Empirical Study of Rational Choice"

This is a book for folks with some social science background.  However, it can be ready by anyone with an interest in the topic if you just skip the heavily methodological parts.  The only fault I found was a lack of detail about the dimensions and measurement of attitudes/ideology as used in the book.  Those details can be found in other works, but they would help many readers.  Ideology plays a role in federal court decisions. As you might expect, it is strongest at the Supreme Court level.  However, other "rational choice" factors play a role. Here's a relatively short review from Law and Politics Book Review.  Check it out.  You can subscribe for e-mail reviews for free.

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